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Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

On Monday, it is 50 years since Thomas Merton’s death. There will be many events internationally. In Christchurch, people will meet at 6pm, starting at the Waimairi Cemetery, 195 Grahams Road, Burnside, where members of the Merton Family are buried [Read more here and here]. There’s plenty on this website about Thomas Merton. I have… Continue Reading

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Thomas Merton – Day of a Stranger – Film

Thomas Merton – Day of a Stranger – Film

Day of a Stranger // Teaser from transcendental media on Vimeo. Yesterday, an e-friend let me know that there’s a film being developed on Thomas Merton’s hermit years – based around his tape recordings. That made my day! I wasn’t even aware of these hermitage tapes. The video above is a teaser for what it… Continue Reading

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Merton & Mindfulness

Merton & Mindfulness

If you are in Christchurch on Thursday, 16 March, do come and listen to Helen and me talk about Thomas Merton and Mindfulness, and discuss and ask questions, in the Chapman Room at Christ’s College (Rolleston Ave). The talk starts at 7:30pm followed by refreshments. You will be getting away about 9ish. ANYONE and EVERYONE… Continue Reading

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The Abbot’s Shoes Seeking a Contemplative Life

The Abbot’s Shoes: Seeking a Contemplative Life by Peter Robertson (Kindle $2). This is Peter Robertson’s story, set in New Zealand. He joined the Cistercians in New Zealand at Kopua Monastery, in the early ’70s was when I first started going to the monastery (I am now a Cistercian Associate of Kopua). Vividly descriptive, it… Continue Reading

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Dialogue with Mindfulness

Dialogue with Mindfulness

It makes great sense to me that monasticism spearheads inter-faith dialogue. Comparing different religions, different faiths, different approaches and understandings of living, can too easily degenerate merely to observable practices (I cross myself left to right, you cross yourself right to left…) Such real dialogue, I suggest, is better at the level of spirituality. And… Continue Reading

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Centenary of the Birth of Thomas Merton

Centenary of the Birth of Thomas Merton

On Saturday the Christchurch Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society, it being 100 years since the birth of Thomas Merton, organised a day of Prayer and Pilgrimage. After gathering for a cuppa, welcome, and morning prayer, we set off for the Carmelite Monastery of Christ the King for quiet time and Midday Prayer with… Continue Reading

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Thomas Merton 100 Years

Thomas Merton 100 Years

This Saturday, 31 January [feast day of that other well-known saint 🙂 ], it is 100 years since the birth of Thomas Merton. He is one of the most-influential spiritual writers of recent times. He was born in Prades, France, of a Kiwi father and American mother. His dad went to the school where I… Continue Reading

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